Paris is a city designed for pedestrians. The metro and buses are good transport means. The Velib bicycles are popular. Avoid driving as traffic is more and more difficult and congested. Good trains connect the city to all of Europe. Trip to Paris.
You come to Paris by car. Avoid driving in Paris as much as you can: Paris traffic is unpredictable and dense, specially at rush hour. Check Paris traffic real time. Book a Paris hotel with private car park or find a public parking in Paris (book your parking space in advance).
You fly to Paris. Paris public transportation from the airport is preferable to taxis specially at rush hour. If you have luggage, use a door to door airport shuttle. Detailed information about Charles de Gaulle Paris Airport and Orly Paris Airport.
It is quite practical to come to Paris by train, specially if you have a super fast train connection, as is the case in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and other european cities. Your arrival station will be in downtown Paris: Gare du Nord (Paris map) from London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Koln, Gare de l'Est (Paris map) from Stuttgart, Munchen. Trains from Eastern Europe arrive at Gare de l'Est (Paris map). Trains from Italy arrive at Gare de Lyon (Paris map).
During your stay in Paris, ride the metro and buses. They are easy and safe means of transportation. Most parisians use them daily. To prepare your transportation itinary in Paris, use the metro route finder and RATP bus web site. Some sights outside the city, such as Versailles Palace and Fontainebleau, are only reachable by train.
Paris Open tour double-decker buses and Batobus tourist river boats on the Seine river are practical and very scenic means of transport in Paris. Information and tickets.
A great means of transportation in Paris is Velib: you can rent bicycles at one of the 1600 Velib service points in the city for a few euros a day. You can buy a one day ticket or one week ticket online with a credit card. See Velib details.
It is difficult to get a taxi on the street in the city. We advise you to book a taxi online in advance, specially at rush hour. Check G7 (the leader) and Taxi bleu web sites for online taxi booking. Uber cars are widely available. Le Cab is an excellent private driver service.
Taxis are relatively cheap in Paris. It will be more expensive when you get out of Paris to places like Versailles Palace, Charles de Gaulle Airport or Disneyland Paris as you enter a different tariff zone (evaluate the cost of your taxi ride).